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Aug 28, 2015

Tests show F-35s can share data with older aircraft

WASHINGTON, Aug 28 (Reuters) – Two weeks of joint testing of
the Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter jet at a
California air base by the Royal Netherlands Air Force showed
that the new stealthy jets are able to share a significant
amount of data with older warplanes, the pilot in charge of
Dutch F-35 testing told Reuters.

Colonel Albert De Smit, commander of the Netherlands
operational test detachment, said the testing sought to validate
that the new fifth-generation F-35s could share useable data
with older F-16s and aerial refueling aircraft via the Link 16
system.

Aug 28, 2015

Pentagon revises plan to beef up oversight of industry R&D

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Pentagon’s chief arms buyer announced on Thursday he was revising his plan to increase oversight of weapons makers’ internal research and development projects that could be billed as overhead, after sharp criticism from industry executives.

Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, said he no longer planned to require companies to seek a “technical sponsor” before beginning an internal research program but would instead propose they be required to brief an appropriate defense official before and after such work.

Aug 28, 2015

Inmarsat says new broadband network offers bright sales prospects

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Britain’s Inmarsat Plc said Friday’s expected launch of its third Global Xpress satellite will allow it to offer mobile broadband service to customers in the remotest regions, giving airline passengers the ability to stream movies and update social media on flights worldwide.

Chief Executive Officer Rupert Pearce said Inmarsat, the leading provider of satellite communications, was in final preparations for the launch. The launch was initially scheduled for June but got delayed after a failure by Inmarsat’s rocket launch partner, International Launch Services, in May.

Aug 27, 2015

Former New Mexico governor: Halting plutonium cleanup ‘very bad idea’

WASHINGTON, Aug 27 (Reuters) – U.S. lawmakers should work
with the Department of Energy to restructure a project to
convert excess U.S. weapons-grade plutonium into fuel for
commercial nuclear reactors instead of abandoning it, former New
Mexico Governor Bill Richardson said.

Richardson told Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid in an Aug.
21 letter that switching to a different solution would be
“reckless” since it would violate a 2000 nonprofileration treaty
with Russia signed while he was energy secretary in the Clinton
administration. A copy of the letter was seen by Reuters on
Thursday.

Aug 26, 2015

Oshkosh sees moderate hiring after U.S. Army truck deal award

WASHINGTON, Aug 26 (Reuters) – Oshkosh Corp will
dominate the U.S. military’s wheeled vehicle market after
winning a $6.75 billion deal to build 17,000 armored trucks to
replace the U.S. Army and Marine Corps’ aging fleet of 140,000
Humvees, analysts said on Wednesday.

The Wisconsin-based company said it will hire some
engineers, procurement experts and operations staff in coming
years, but expects no hiring surge since work on the new Joint
Light Tactical Vehicle, or JLTV, will offset other military
truck programs that are due to taper off.

Aug 25, 2015

Oshkosh Corp wins U.S. Army award for Humvee replacement

WASHINGTON, Aug 25 (Reuters) – U.S. specialty truck maker
Oshkosh Corp has won a $6.75 billion contract to build
17,000 light tactical vehicles to replace the aging Humvees used
by the U.S. Army and Marine Corps, the U.S. Army announced
Tuesday.

Oshkosh beat out a team made up of Lockheed Martin Corp
and Britain’s BAE Systems Plc, as well as AM
General, a privately held company that built the original
Humvees, the Army said in a statement.

Aug 25, 2015

U.S. Army nears high-stakes award for Humvee replacement

WASHINGTON, Aug 25 (Reuters) – The U.S. Army is expected to
award a contract on Tuesday for a new armored truck to replace
thousands of aging Humvees, a long-awaited deal that could be
worth up to $30 billion for the winning team.

Industry executives and defense officials said they expected
the Army to announce an initial contract valued at up to $9
billion late on Tuesday for 17,000 of 55,000 vehicles to be
built for the Army and Marine Corps in coming years,

Aug 25, 2015

U.S. startup seeks crowdfunding to produce business jet

WASHINGTON, Aug 25 (Reuters) – XTI Aircraft, a Denver,
Colorado-based aerospace startup firm, launched an equity
crowdfunding campaign on Tuesday to raise $50 million to fund
the production of the TriFan 600, a six-seat fixed wing jet that
can take off and land like a helicopter.

XTI was founded in 2009 by David Brody, the former chairman
and chief executive officer of AVX Aircraft Co, who developed
and patented the concept for the new business jet.

Aug 25, 2015

Contract for new U.S. long-range bomber due soon: Air Force secretary

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Air Force Secretary Deborah James on Monday said a contract for a new long-range bomber would be awarded soon, and the project would not be considered a “new start” program that could be halted if Congress fails to pass a budget for fiscal 2016.

Northrop Grumman Corp, maker of the B-2 bomber, is competing against a team made up of Boeing Co and Lockheed Martin Corp for a deal that could be worth $50 billion to $80 billion to the winning bidder.

Aug 24, 2015

U.S. to deploy F-22 fighter jets to Europe – Air Force secretary

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States will deploy F-22 fighter jets to Europe very soon as part of a broader effort to support eastern European members of the NATO alliance unnerved by Russia’s intervention in Ukraine, Air Force Secretary Deborah James said on Monday.

James did not give details about the specific number of planes, date or location of the deployment, but said it was in line with Defence Secretary Ash Carter’s recent call for a strong and balanced approach to Russia.